Friday, 13 April 2012

Ireland's Memorial Records

The Naval & Military Press publishes many books for the 'student of conflict', not least about The Great War, and one of which they 'reprint' for a mere £285.00 is the official Roll of Honour from 1914-1918 listing over 49,000 of Irish birth or residence at the time of death, who served and died in the First World War. The original, published in 1923 in 8 volumes, has beautiful symbolic borders to each page designed by a famous stained glass artist, Harry Clarke. I have reproduced above the page which contains our two clan name entries. Unfortunately, as I will point out, both have small spelling errors in their names.

M'Ilhagga, John H. is recorded "Canadian Infantry; killed in action, October 26, 1917". He was John Hutchison McIlhagga, son of Nathaniel Owens and Henrietta McIlhagga, No 781528 in the 46th Bn, Saskatchewan Infantry, who died at Passchendale. He is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

McIlhagger, Robert is recorded "Reg. No. 7536. Rank, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles; died of wounds, France, September 4th, 1917, born Ballyportery, Co. Antrim". He was Robert Wright McIlhagga, son of Daniel Maitland and Annie Eliza McIlhagga. He is buried at Rocquigny, Somme, France.

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